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From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story of America

History & Geography

American History, Grade 5

This program tells the story of North America, covering the Indian nations, European colonization, and history of the United States up to the early 20th century—all from a Catholic perspective!

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This textbook tells the story of North America, covering the Indian nations, European colonization, and history of the United States up to the 20th century. Engagingly told as a series of stories, this course will bring the past to life for students.  

The Sea to Shining Sea Textbook features: 

  • Extensive color illustrations and charts
  • Thumbnail biographies of great men, women, and saints
  • Geography of North America
  • Interesting sidebars about historical art, literature, poetry, and music
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Chapter summaries
  • Chapter review questions
  • Suggestions for activities inspired by history
  • Extensive color illustrations and maps

The ever-popular Hands-on Study Guide includes ideas for hands-on activities to accompany the text. The more enhancement activities students can enjoy, the greater their understanding and retention. This Study Guide is included in CHC Lesson Plans for Fifth Grade and From Sea to Shining Sea Daily Lesson Plans.

The Workbook includes varied styles of exercises for each section of the text. Answer key available separately.

The Optional Teacher’s Manual includes:

  • Goals, chapter summaries, and key concepts
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Answer key to textbook review questions
  • List of Supplemental Reading (historical fiction) to enrich your student’s study
  • Timeline (list of key events through A.D. 1894)

*For answers to the questions in the Textbook, purchase the Teacher’s Manual. For answers to the Workbook, purchase CHC’s Answer Key to the Workbook.

From Sea to Shining Sea is recommended for use in fifth grade to seventh grade. A daily schedule for this program is available in CHC Lesson Plans: Fifth Grade or From Sea to Shining Sea Daily Lesson Plans.

A New World: Early explorers, Vikings, Columbus
Conquest of the New World: Cortés, conquest of Mexico, De Soto
Conquistadors of Christ: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fray Juan de Padilla, California missions
France in the New World: French explorers and missionaries, fur trade, discovery of the Mississippi
England Comes to America: Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth colonists, religious liberty, Mayflower Compact
The Battle for North America: Queen Anne’s War, French and Indian War
If This Be Treason . . . : Heavy taxation, Continental Congress, beginning of American Revolution
The Revolutionary War: American Revolution, Declaration of Independence
How We Got Our Constitution: Constitutional Convention, Connecticut Compromise, Bill of Rights
The Early Days of a New Nation: Political parties, Alien and Sedition Acts
Catholics in the Early United States: Catholic persecution, Bishop John Carroll, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The Young Republic Grows: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812
In the Days of Old Hickory: Missouri Compromise, Trail of Tears, the Alamo
The Fight for the Far West: Western pioneers, Mexican-American War
America between the Wars: The Gold Rush, slavery, Abraham Lincoln, the South secedes from the Union
The Civil War, Parts 1 and 2: Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s assassination
The Wild West: Homestead Act, Battle of Little Bighorn
Land of Steel and Steam: Inventions, industrialism, unions, strikes
Catholics in America: Catholic immigrants, St. John Neumann, St. Frances Cabrini, Dorothy Day

TEXTBOOK
Product Code: SEA-T
Format: Hardcover
Binding: Perfect bound
Page Count: 466 pages
Dimensions: 8″×9.5″
ISBN: 9781935644255
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? No, purchase one per family.
Answer key: Included in Teacher’s Manual (purchase separately).

WORKBOOK
Product Code: SEA-W
Format: Softcover
Binding: Perfect bound
Page Count: 118 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781935644187
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: Included in Answer Key to Workbook (purchase separately).

TEACHER’S MANUAL
Product Code: SEA-M
Format: Softcover
Binding: Perfect bound
Page Count: 183 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781935644095
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? No, purchase one per family.

ANSWER KEY TO WORKBOOK
Product Code: SEA-K
Binding: Stapled
Page Count: 22 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? No, purchase one per family.

Photo submitted by Christine.

The two history books (All Ye Lands and From Sea to Shining Sea) we've been using are incredible! The focus on untold stories about Catholic characters that helped discover and shaped the New and Old World is fantastic. No other history books tell the truth about our history like these books tell it.

Photo submitted by Lori, SC.

We simply love CHC history!!! Every Friday we gather together with friends to review the chapter studied that week and often we enjoy the enrichment activities. This picture portrays Governor James Moore of South Carolina, Fr. Angel de Miranda, 2 Pocahontas, and Chief Powhatan after reading Chapters 5-6 in From Sea to Shining Sea.
My son has free reading time at the end of our regular subjects. He generally chooses some book from the library or other entertaining fiction. Yesterday instead, he asked for his history book From Sea to Shining Sea because he "wanted to know how it turned out." He has never asked to read any other textbook in 3 years of homeschooling. Thanks for the great resources!

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